The Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition alliance, called Sunday for a ban on the use of ballistic missiles and warplanes by the Bashar al-Assad regime to prevent continued bombardment of civilians and opposition forces.
After the recent agreement reached between the United States and Russia to dismantle the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal, the coalition demanded in a communique that the regime be prevented from "using the signing of the International Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as a pretext to continue killing the Syrian people and escaping punishment."
The coalition asked that the ban on the use of chemical weapons be extended to ballistic missiles and the air force and that heavy weaponry be moved away from population centers.
"Chemical weapons attacks are a part of a bigger scheme of crimes against humanity committed by the Assad regime, including using the Syrian air (force) and ballistic missiles on residential areas," said the opposition alliance, which insisted on the need for bringing those responsible for such actions before international courts.
It also asked Arab countries and those comprising the so-called Friends of Syria group to militarily support the opposition so that it can confront the regime's forces and compel Assad to stop attcking it and accept a political solution permitting democracy in Syria.
The regime and the rebels accuse each other of using chemical weapons in the Aug. 21 attack that killed some 1,400 people, according to Washington's count, on the outskirts of Damascus after which the United States threatened to attack Syria.
After days of negotiations in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed on Saturday on a plan whereby Damascus would place its chemical arsenal under international supervision. EFE